01 November, 2006
Construction of the undersea tunnel in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, will begin in spring and will radically change traffic conditions in the city, together with the Metro to be created. The project, according to Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias, will be ready in four years.
The relevant contract was signed at the public works ministry on Tuesday by Souflias and the representatives of the "Thermaiki Odos" joint venture. It will be tabled in Parliament and its ratification is expected in February or March.
Work on the project will begin immediately afterwards. It will have a length of 6.5 kilometers, four kilometers of which will be an undersea tunnel with its ceiling located at least one meter under the seabed.
The project will have three lanes in each direction and the amount of toll fees, according to the minister, was set at 0.90 euros for each crossing.
The tunnel will link the western side of the port with the coast on the other side, near the "Macedonia Palace" hotel.
Source: Athens News Agency